Without any intention, Amy Adams has become a member of the batch of extraordinary new talent that floats over Hollywood for less than 15 years, along with Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams and Jennifer Lawrence, among others.
It was with a little independent film that her name began to be heard everywhere, as if she had saved the movie (Junebug is an excellent movie with its own merits). When it came out you could think Amy had the leading role when in reality it was a supporting character with such a power and delight that it raised the whole movie and at the same time obscured it.
Her first Oscar nomination meant Hollywood was welcoming this new talent and soon she would be getting all sorts of scripts.
Amy Lou Adams was actually born in Italy, to American parents, and moved to Castle Rock, Colorado. She moved to LA and began having small parts on TV and eventually had a little but impactful presence in Spielberg’s ‘Catch Me If You Can’, which eventually led her to her breakthrough role as the very pregnant and hopeful Ashley in the low-budget Junebug.
She was ready to become America’s next favorite sweetheart when she was hired by Disney to become a real-life princess in Enchanted, but she chose to do more heavyweight work in films like The Fighter and The Master, contrasting her pristine beauty with a profound curiosity to explore darker territories.
Even if Hollywood kept typecasting her in the “sweet-love-interest” shelf, Amy kept on demonstrating they had something more in her, something they might not understand yet. Her work as Sidney Prosser in American Hustle combines all of the above and takes her to a new territory.
In a “meteoric” career, I believe the bulk of her “best performances” is yet to come, but let’s just organize some of her choices and why she is one of the best young American actresses around.